A Tale of Two Mornings

I'd like to tell you two short stories. This first one begins at 7:06am and it features a mommy who is sleeping comfortably. Light is shining through her window, she has a pillow over her ears and down the hall, two little kids have just woken up. One of those kids is giggling, while jumping on the bunk bed and another is opening and closing drawers, while pulling all sorts of clothes out. He's trying to decide which outfit would most help him resemble Luke Skywalker and clothes are flying everywhere in the process. Read more...

Pressing Our Face To The Glass

The first time I visited the Amazon jungle I had no idea the way it would change my life. I suppose it goes back to the idea of how encountering a world vastly different from your own will always change you. Read more...

Conquering Our Fear of Social Media

Up until a little over 3 years ago, I had a huge fear of Social Media. I guess you could say that I was a little old fashioned. Now old fashioned isn’t bad, but I guess it depends on just how far back in time you want to go. At some point we are put into a position to choose whether we want to launch into the future with the rest of the world or stay stuck in a wonderful memory of things gone by. I didn’t understand this silly need to post every little thing one was doing at home, on the road..in the bathroom…well you get the picture! Read more...

A Working Mom Dilemma

I walked through the door on Monday feeling good about getting a workout in after work. “How are the kids?” I asked my husband. He responded, “Well, Mason threw up four times.” Here are the thoughts that ran through my head... 1) I am glad he wasn’t in the gym childcare! 2) Great, selfish me decided to workout and clearly my little boy needed me. 3) I have an important meeting in the morning. Who is going to stay home with him? And so it begins…a working mom dilemma. Read more...

When Life gets Messy

Part 2 of Helping Your Kids Find Faith in the Dark

I am a step mom. If it sounds a little like I’m introducing myself at an A.A. meeting, that isn’t so far away from how it feels. These words often require work for me to own, because they acknowledge a “blip” in our family structure. Read more...

Not JUST a Mom

“I get the feeling that you really don’t like being just a mom.” The words my husband spoke were concise and piercing. He had seen something deep in the heart of me, and now was the time to purge it from my soul and bring it out into the light. Did I really like being just a mom? Did I really find joy in the laundry and lunch making, toy clean up, diaper changing, and….you get the point. I thought for a moment on this, and the answer that stumbled out of my mouth next surprised even me. “You’re right, I don’t like just being a mom.” Read more...

A Great New Bookstore: His Word Found Here

Are you a fan of the movie “You’ve Got Mail”? Then, you must visit His Word Found Here in Ballard. Housed in an old brick building, this store gives off the same cozy vibe that Meg Ryan’s “Shop Around the Corner” did in the film. Come for a book and stay for the coffee! Read more...

Building a Better Family

Where you are weak, God is strong. Where you are incapable, God is capable. Where you are insufficient, God is sufficient. No matter where you are, there is no part of your living or moving that God is not sufficient to help you in… and this includes your family. I can say this with confidence because I know this firsthand. I know I don’t have the resources I need. I know I don’t have the wisdom I need. I know I don’t have the energy I need. And I know I don’t have the love I need, but God does! And that is what we are going to discover in this 10-part series called, Building A Better Family. Read more...

“Lord, please … give them a friend.”

As I drive down the country roads in my town during the morning hours, I see children standing by the road waiting for their school buses. The younger ones look tiny and scared in their bulky backpacks. The older ones try to look nonchalant as they face the stresses that the new school year will bring. My heart gives a lurch and I always pray the same prayer over each one of them: “Lord, please … give them a friend.” Read more...

What Is Your Identity?

I’m not gonna lie. If there’s one thing I love hearing more than anything else, it’s that I’m a good mom. I work hard at it - harder than anything else I do in this life. And the recognition feels good. But you know what purpose that recognition primarily serves? Inflating my ego. When I first became a mom, I thought it was an identity. Until I realized I had lost my own, and my complete worth and value (or lack thereof) became hinged upon my success as a parent. It was stressful, especially after I came to understand that “train up a child” is a proverb, not necessarily a promise. I realized that there are no guarantees, even for the very best of parents. Read more...

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    Kristina Slaney said "Thanks, Shari! I feel that it's such a privilege to have the opportunity to process through these things in writing - i..." More

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